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Florida League of Cities President Presents History & Heritage Award Jan. 21

On Jan. 21, Pensacola Commissioner P.C. Wu, President of the Florida League of Cities, will present the City of Boynton Beach a 2013 Florida Municipal Achievement Award trophy. In its 5th year, the goal of the Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program is to focus public attention on excellent, innovative projects that address a local need, promote active municipal participation by residents, and improve environmental conditions. In commemoration of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival to Florida in 1513, this year’s program was themed, “History Happened Here: A Celebration of the Great History of Florida’s Cities.” Earlier this year, as a partner in the Viva Florida 500 initiative, the Florida League of Cities launched the “History Happened Here” campaign to educate Florida residents and visitors alike about the rich history of Florida’s cities. This year’s Florida Municipal Achievement Awards is a continuation of that effort. 

The City of Boynton Beach was the top winner in the category of “Teaching Your City’s History & Heritage”. This category recognized municipalities who created educational opportunities and forums where the city’s history is taught, shared and celebrated. Over several years, the City’s Heritage Education Program will utilize various media formats and current technology to provide information in freely available and engaging ways for people of all ages. The two most significant projects will be the creation of two heritage trails with information boards containing Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) and, funding permitting, a free Smart Phone application highlighting approximately 50 cultural sites within the City. Both will take users to an online interactive map and additional site information which will include narratives, historic images, video, and, for ten of the most significant locations, audio in at least two languages. These projects will contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the city by promoting cultural sites, increasing heritage tourism, and encouraging the continued appropriate repair and re-use of historic properties.

Warren Adams, the City’s Historic Preservation Planner, submitted the application which was heralded as one of the most outstanding applications received. Warren began working for the City of Boynton Beach as Historic Preservation Planner two years ago and has set-up the current Historic Preservation Program that has been recognized throughout the State of Florida as a model program within a municipality. “It is an honor to salute Warren and the City of Boynton Beach with the coveted Florida Municipal Achievement Award for your outstanding Heritage Education Program,” said Pensacola Councilman, P.C. Wu, President, Florida League of Cities. “Boynton Beach’s progressive, multi-faceted, heritage education project is to be heralded for providing resources that will benefit students, residents, tourists and your local economy. Moreover, the program offers an engaging and impressive array of historic information that reflects Boynton Beach’s contributions to the history of our great state.”

In addition to the trophy, the City of Boynton Beach will be spotlighted in the special Florida League of Cities “Best Practices” publication, featured in the League’s award-winning publication, Quality Cities (QC), and be on the League’s website and Facebook page.

The City of Boynton Beach Heritage Education Program has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.